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Author: PASTAN, LINDA
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Pastan, Linda    Poet's Biography
575 poems available by this author


1932       
First Line: I saw my name in print the other day
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


1932       
First Line: I saw my name in print the other day
Last Line: A hammer poised...Delivering its blow
Subject(s): Death


1936, UPSTATE NEW YORK       
First Line: In rural america, or the country
Last Line: She packed up fast, and we returned %to the steamy city


25TH ANNIVERSARY       
First Line: There is something I want
Last Line: Even death, as we are %as we are now


25TH HIGH SCHOOL REUNION    Poem Text    
First Line: We come to hear the endings
Subject(s): Reunions; Aging


25TH HIGH SCHOOL REUNION       
First Line: We come to hear the endings
Last Line: Turned into %ourselves


27-MAR       
First Line: In this country
Last Line: Of heaven must answer to it


4 A.M.       
First Line: What blandishments the world offers
Last Line: The breathing out, the breathing in
Subject(s): Dawn; Insomnia; Sleep; Waking


5-MAR       
First Line: March is the start
Last Line: To tell them. Ask me now


A CRAVING FOR SALT    Poem Text    
First Line: Because I don't trust the future
Last Line: Was simply everything.
Subject(s): Past


A DANGEROUS TIME       
First Line: November is a dangerous time for trees
Last Line: And a wolf is at the door
Subject(s): November; Trees


A NEW POET    Poem Text    
First Line: Finding a new poet
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


A RAINY COUNTRY    Poem Text    
First Line: The headlines and feature stories alike


A REAL STORY    Poem Text    
First Line: Sucking on hard candy
Subject(s): Family Life; Relatives


A SHORT HISTORY OF JUDAIC THOUGHT IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY    Poem Text    
First Line: The rabbis wrote
Subject(s): Religion; Spirituality; Theology


A TOURIST AT ELLIS ISLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: I found him, jankel olenik,
Subject(s): Immigrants; Fathers; Ellis Island, New York Harbor; Emigrant; Emigration; Immigration


ACCIDENT       
First Line: For a time


ACCIDENTS    Poem Text    
First Line: There is no infant
Subject(s): Accidents; Hospitals


ACCIDENTS       
First Line: There is no infant


ADULTERY;       
First Line: What does it mean
Last Line: We would hardly listen
Subject(s): Adultery


AFTER       
First Line: After the month %in sicily
Last Line: Or we may miss them %in the swelling dark


AFTER A LONG ABSENCE, I RETURN TO A SITE OF FORMER HAPPINESS       
First Line: This is what the world will be
Last Line: Of self-pity, then someone else must write it


AFTER A MONTH OF RAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Everything I thought I wanted
Subject(s): Nature


AFTER AGATHA CHRISTIE       
First Line: In the locked room
Subject(s): Fictional Characters; Criminal Investigation & Detection


AFTER AGATHA CHRISTIE       
First Line: In the locked room
Last Line: Have no alibi %at all


AFTER AN ABSENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: After an absence that was no one's fault
Subject(s): Absence; Marriage; Separation; Isolation; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


AFTER AN ABSENCE       
First Line: After an absence that was no one's fault
Last Line: If your mouth will fill with water or sand


AFTER MINOR SURGERY    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the dress rehearsal
Subject(s): Surgery


AFTER MINOR SURGERY       
First Line: This is the dress rehearsal
Last Line: It knows %it cannot keep


AFTER READING NELLY SACHS       
First Line: Poetry has opened all my pores
Last Line: That surely time will cut through %like a rough knife kerneling corn


AFTER READING PETERSON'S GUIDE       
First Line: I used to call them


AFTER X-RAY       
Last Line: To shine somewhere like strung beads of coral
Subject(s): X-rays; Bones


AGORAPHOBIA    Poem Text    
First Line: Imagine waking / to a scene of snow so new
Subject(s): Home


AGORAPHOBIA       
First Line: Imagine waking
Last Line: Outside the bolted doors


AIR WAR       
First Line: The red-tailed hawk
Last Line: Trail of smoke. I blink - %a smoke of feathers


ALGEBRA       
First Line: I used to solve equations easily
Last Line: At a fixed rate
Subject(s): Mathematics


ALGEBRA       
First Line: I used to solve equations easily
Last Line: Toward which we speed like trains, %at a fixed rate


ALL I WANT TO SAY    Poem Text    
First Line: When I pass you this bowl
Subject(s): Talk


ALL I WANT TO SAY       
First Line: When I pass you this bowl
Last Line: The clouds are saying %all I want to say


ALL WE HAVE TO GO BY    Poem Text    
First Line: As if I had dreamed the snow
Subject(s): Snow


ALL WE HAVE TO GO BY       
First Line: As if had dreamed the snow
Last Line: Forms a cloud %which may turn %to rain later, %somewhere else


ALMANAC OF LAST THINGS       
First Line: From the almanac of last things
Last Line: Just as it is ready %to go out


ALMOST AN ELEGY    Poem Text    
First Line: You have always lived in the shadows cast
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life; Change; Aging


ALOMST AN ELEGY       
First Line: You have always lived in the shadows cast
Last Line: For the eyelid's fringed curtain %to be raised again ... %and slowly lowered


AM       
First Line: The child gets up
Last Line: Over the side of the bed
Subject(s): Waking; Morning; Cold; Childhood Memories


AM       
First Line: The child gets up
Last Line: Over the side of the bed


AN EARLY AFTER LIFE    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Future Life; Retribution; Eternity; After Life


AN EVENING OUT       
First Line: I have wandered into chekhov
Last Line: Velvety and dark / finally falling
Subject(s): Introspection; Life; Self


ANGELS    Poem Text    
First Line: I am tired of angels
Subject(s): Angels


ANGELS       
First Line: I am tired of angels
Last Line: Extracting all the promises %I made to her but couldn't keep


ANGER       
First Line: You tell me %that it's all right
Last Line: And I will never let it go


ANIMALS       
First Line: When I see a suckling pig turn
Last Line: Shut on them, as eden's did


ANNA AT 18 MONTHS    Poem Text    
First Line: Just as it did
Subject(s): Babies; Infants


ANNA AT 18 MONTHS       
First Line: Just as it did %for eve
Last Line: Lashes, beating %their tiny wings


ANON.       
First Line: We mustn't speak the name %of god, we're told
Last Line: Washing the set stones %in color


ANOTHER AUTUMN       
First Line: Another autumn, the dogwoods turning first
Last Line: Wanting her to flee that ravished flesh %but willing her to stay


ANSWERING MACHINE       
First Line: I call and hear your voice
Last Line: Then listen and hang up


APPLE SHRINE       
First Line: Last week you gathered armfuls of apple blossoms
Last Line: Our tree will be strung with a rosary of apples
Subject(s): Religion; Spirituality


APRIL    Poem Text    
First Line: A whole new freshman class
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


APRIL       
First Line: The young cherry trees %stick out their limbs
Last Line: How many leaves %open their green shutters now %to let april through
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets


APRIL AGAIN       
First Line: April again, / the funeral month, heaping
Last Line: Under my feet
Subject(s): April; Farm Life; Spring


APRIL AGAIN       
First Line: April again %the funeral month, heaping
Last Line: Linoleum, shift again %under my feet


ARCADIA       
First Line: There is always a bare house
Last Line: Solid as a dream at the moment of waking


ARITHMATIC LESSON: INFINITY    Poem Text    
First Line: Picture a parade of numbers: 1
Subject(s): Numbers


ARITHMETIC LESSON: INFINITY       
First Line: Picture a parade of numbers: 1
Last Line: Dependent, monogamous 2; %3


ARITHMETIC OF ALTERNATION       
First Line: Today I write %of the shadows
Last Line: It keeps us honest, %it keeps us turning %the page


ARK       
First Line: We all know
Last Line: We all know
Subject(s): Arks; Noah (bible); Rites & Ceremonies; Jews; Women's Rights


ARK       
First Line: We all know %how the animals entered
Last Line: And the white flash %of the dove's return


ARMONK       
First Line: In sleep I summon it--dark green shutters
Last Line: White shirt and dark cravat


ARS POETICA 2. WRITING       
First Line: In the battle %between the typewriter
Last Line: Who would rather be %head down, grazing


ARS POETICA 3. REJECTION SLIP       
First Line: Darling, though you know
Last Line: Waiting to fit %in my bed


ARS POETICA 4. REVISION       
First Line: The tree has been green
Last Line: To start over again


ARS POETICA 5.ARS POETICA       
First Line: Escape from the poem
Last Line: On which you've draped a coat %that will fit anyone


ARS POETICA 1. THE MUSE       
First Line: You may catch %a butterfly
Last Line: It is just %a moth


ASK ME       
First Line: Some time when the river is ice ask me


ASPECTS OF EVE    Poem Text    
First Line: To have been one / of many ribs
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


ASPECTS OF EVE       
First Line: To have been one %of many ribs
Last Line: Which unexpectedly %open
Subject(s): Religion


AT GETTYSBURG    Poem Text    
First Line: These fields can never be
Subject(s): Gettysburg Campaign (1863); Gettysburg, Battle Of


AT HOME       
First Line: The secret stangers
Last Line: It is the loaf %of exile


AT INDIAN RIVER INLET       
First Line: Long before there was light, water
Last Line: The moon comes, casting %its mended net


AT MY DESK    Poem Text    
First Line: How many times
Subject(s): Stafford, William Edgar (1914-1993); Poetry & Poets


AT MY DESK       
First Line: How many times


AT THE AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM    Poem Text    
First Line: When I was / nearly six my
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters; Childhood Memories


AT THE EQUESTRIAN MUSEUM    Poem Text    
First Line: I want to be that dark woman
Subject(s): Horseback Riding


AT THE EQUESTRIAN MUSEUM       
First Line: I want to be that dark woman


AT THE GYNECOLOGIST'S       
First Line: The body so carefully %contrived for pain
Last Line: Galloping towards death %with flowers of ether in my hair


AT THE JEWISH MUSEUM       
First Line: We can endure the eyes %of these children lightly
Last Line: In a coal cellar, on ludlow street %in nineteen hundred


AT THE LOOM    Poem Text    
First Line: You sit at the loom
Subject(s): Weavers & Weaving


AT THE LOOM       
First Line: You sit at the loom
Last Line: Go bone naked %we are clothed


AT THE STILL POINT       
First Line: In april


AT THE TRAIN MUSEUM    Poem Text    
First Line: Topeka ... Junction city
Subject(s): Museums; Railroads; Art Gallerys; Railways; Trains


AT THE TRAIN MUSEUM       
First Line: Topeka ... Junction city
Last Line: And only half awake
Subject(s): Museums; Railroads


AUTOBIOGRAPHY IN GREEN       
First Line: At summer camp, / I wrapped my arms around
Last Line: In my own small commonwealth
Subject(s): Camping; Trees; Bronx, New York City; Country Life; City & Town Life; Nature; Camps; Summer Camps


AUTOBIOGRAPHY IN GREEN: 1.       
First Line: On the grand concourse
Last Line: His leg, had to imagine %the roughness of bark


AUTOBIOGRAPHY IN GREEN: 2.       
First Line: And though I saw
Last Line: I wouldn't learn for years %the commonness of green


AUTOBIOGRAPHY IN GREEN: 3.       
First Line: At summer camp, %I wrapped my arms around
Last Line: For its silence, blaming, %blaming
Subject(s): Camping


AUTOBIOGRAPHY IN GREEN: 4.       
First Line: It is all in code
Last Line: Those green, secret %envelopes


AUTOBIOGRAPHY IN GREEN: 5.       
First Line: In the ritual combat
Last Line: On the heraldic smell %of woodsmoke?


AUTOBIOGRAPHY IN GREEN: 6.       
First Line: Write of the streets
Last Line: Of the helpless leaves %spreading their tethered wings


AUTOBIOGRAPHY IN GREEN: 7.       
First Line: Here at last, among
Last Line: In my own small %commonwealth


AUTUMN    Poem Text    
First Line: I want to mention
Subject(s): Autumn; Death; Fall; Dead, The


AUTUMN       
First Line: I want to mention
Last Line: And the whole world goes up %in orange and gold


BALANCE       
First Line: On the small, imaginary
Last Line: Or the future, when the air %that nourishes us %we breathe %without thinking


BALANCING ACT: FOR N       
First Line: Like chinese acrobats
Last Line: Are going %down


BARBECUE    Poem Text    
First Line: In the late light
Subject(s): Cooking & Cooks; Cookery


BASEBALL    Poem Text    
First Line: When you tried to tell me
Subject(s): Sports


BASEBALL       
First Line: When you tried to tell me
Last Line: And you said: that's it. %yes
Subject(s): Sports


BEALL MOUNTAIN SEASONAL: 1. COLUMBUS DAY       
First Line: Tentative %as envoys to
Last Line: Is simply %winter


BEALL MOUNTAIN SEASONAL: 2. THANKSGIVING       
First Line: Like a secret %suddenly disclosed
Last Line: Into a disappearing %arrow


BEALL MOUNTAIN SEASONAL: 3. THE FIRST DAY OF WINTER       
First Line: How many birds %will disappear
Last Line: Rusted away %already?
Subject(s): Nature


BEAUTY SHOP    Poem Text    
First Line: Named for the archangel michael
Subject(s): Hair; Barbers


BEAUTY SHOP       
First Line: Named for the archangel michael


BEAVERS       
First Line: The way beavers make
Last Line: That beavers mate for life
Subject(s): Beavers


BECAUSE       
First Line: Because the night you asked me
Last Line: Because everything is ordained: %I said yes


BEECH AVENUE: THE FOURTH OF JULY       
First Line: How heavy the summer seems, how thick-waisted
Last Line: Hesitant all day finally starts to fall?


BESS    Poem Text    
First Line: When bess, the landlord's black-eyed
Subject(s): Mothers & Daughters; Dreams; Nightmares


BESS       
First Line: When bess, the landlord's black-eyed
Last Line: The name indelible as a birthmark


BETWEEN GENERATIONS       
First Line: I left my father in a wicker basket
Last Line: Pushes love down the steep incline %from father to child, always down?


BICENTENNIAL WINTER       
First Line: The only revolution is among the oaks
Last Line: To dare the dangerous %freedom of the skater


BIRDS       
First Line: Are heading south, pulled
Last Line: The mute weathervanes, %teaching all of us %with their tailfeathers %the true north
Subject(s): Nature


BLIZZARD    Poem Text    
First Line: The snow / has forgotten
Subject(s): Snow


BLIZZARD       
First Line: The snow %has forgotten
Last Line: Falls out of the %sky


BLOCK       
First Line: I place one word slowly
Last Line: All the way back %to silence


BOOK       
First Line: In the book of shadows
Last Line: Only the shadows welcome us %beneath their cool canopy


BOOKSTALL       
First Line: Just looking at them
Last Line: A curious ballast weighting me %here to the earth


BOREDOM       
First Line: In this place, though the seasons
Last Line: As they fall; it is an illness %for which all cures, except the last %are temporary


BREAD    Poem Text    
First Line: It seems to be the five stages
Subject(s): Bread


BRONX, 1942       
First Line: When I told him to 'shut up,'
Last Line: I started to come apart


BUTTER       
First Line: You held the butter- %cup under my chin
Last Line: Knife through %butter


CALL       
First Line: In empty rooms %a telephone %is always %ringing
Last Line: Who is left %to answer?


CAMELLIAS       
First Line: I drag the lawn chair
Last Line: Into the dangerous air


CAMPING AT THE HEADLAND OF THE RAPPAHANNOCK       
First Line: We love each landscape
Last Line: When we take the river %into our arms


CAMPING AT THE HEADLANDS OF THE RAPPAHANNOCK    Poem Text    
First Line: We love each landscape
Subject(s): Camping; Camps; Summer Camps


CARNIVAL EVENING       
First Line: Despite the enormous evening sky
Last Line: As if the whole darkening world %were dimming its lights for a party


CAROLINE       
First Line: She wore %her coming death
Last Line: She'd simply button it %and go


CIRCE       
First Line: I will always be the other woman
Last Line: And the forecast is hurricane


CLINIC       
First Line: In the perfect democracy


CLOCK    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Clocks; Transience; Impermanence


COMING ON OF NIGHT       
First Line: When ambition, like a faulty
Last Line: It is almost time to feel our way %out of the world


CONSOLATIONS       
First Line: Listen: %language does the best it can
Last Line: Down the dark stem %of evening


CORONARY BYPASS       
First Line: So now they've made a detour


COSSACKS       
First Line: For jews, the cossacks are always coming
Last Line: But listen: those are hoofbeats %on the frosty autumn air


COUNTING BACKWARDS    Poem Text    
First Line: How did I get so old
Subject(s): Aging


COURBET'S STILL LIFE WITH APPLES AND POMEGRANATE       
First Line: To lift himself from one of his depressions
Last Line: Not for his failures %but for how hard he tried


COUSINS    Poem Text    
First Line: We meet at funerals
Subject(s): Cousins


COUSINS       
First Line: We meet at funerals
Last Line: And even its marching music funereal


CROCUSES    Poem Text    
First Line: They come / by stealth, spreading
Subject(s): Crocuses; Plants; Seasons; Planting; Planters


CROCUSES       
First Line: They come %by stealth, spreading
Last Line: Of an army still massing %just to the south
Subject(s): Crocuses; Plants; Seasons


CROSSING       
First Line: I wake to the small applause %of rain, then sleep again
Last Line: Between sleep %and what is coming next


CROWS       
First Line: Like old greek widows in black
Last Line: Prophetic women doling out luck %still, I was afraid


CYCLONE       
First Line: With a broom as tall as he is
Last Line: All that must fall


DANGEROUS MONTH OF MARCH       
Last Line: Strewn with resurrected daffodils


DANGEROUS TIME       
First Line: November is a dangerous time for trees
Last Line: That the stars will rise like gooseflesh, %and a wolf is at the door


DAVID    Poem Text    
First Line: This one, said the sculptor, is the last of the biblical figures
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


DAVID       
First Line: This one, said the sculptor, is the last of the biblical figures
Subject(s): Religion


DAYLIGHT SAVINGS       
First Line: I hadn't remembered
Last Line: Wrapping themselves in the dark %serge of their wings


DEATH IS INTENDED    Poem Text    
First Line: Isn't that what eskimos did when they were old
Subject(s): Death; Eskimos; Ice; Native Americans; Old Age; Dead, The; Inuit; Indians Of America; American Indians; Indians Of South America


DEATH IS INTENDED       
First Line: Isn't that what eskimos did when they were old
Last Line: Even the white new hampshire mountains
Subject(s): Death; Eskimos; Ice; Native Americans; Old Age


DEATH OF A PARENT       
First Line: Move to the front %of the line
Last Line: Its rusted padlock %into place


DEATH OF A RIDGEBACK       
First Line: I have survived %another small death
Last Line: Comes night after night %on four furred feet


DEATH OF THE SELF       
First Line: Like discarded pages %from the book
Last Line: Of buried acorns, %nothing is lost


DEATH'S BLUE-EYED GIRL    Poem Text    
First Line: When did the garden with its banked flowers
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips


DEATH'S BLUE-EYED GIRL       
First Line: When did the garden with its banked flowers
Last Line: Empty sleeves and she was gone
Subject(s): Travel


DEATHWATCH BEETLE       
First Line: A cardinal hurls itself
Last Line: To this crimson bird?


DECEMBER 18: FOR M    Poem Text    
First Line: At the waning of the century
Subject(s): Time


DECEMBER 18: FOR M       
First Line: At the waning of the century
Last Line: To sleep under the sway %of all that silence


DEER       
First Line: To the secret places
Last Line: They destroy %everything we grew


DEPARTURES       
First Line: They seemed to all take off
Last Line: To be left behind


DESCENT       
First Line: My mother grows smaller


DETAIL FROM THE ALTARPIECE AT GHENT       
First Line: The angels %in the corner
Last Line: Can strike them %back to song


DIDO'S FAREWELL       
First Line: The rain is chronic


DIRGE       
First Line: The poets are falling, falling
Last Line: And full of the intensity of words, %rush to meet it


DOGWOODS       
First Line: I remember, in the week
Last Line: Of petals %one week in april


DON'T THINK OF THIS       
First Line: Don't think of this as a final meal
Last Line: Still waited to dawn ahead of us


DONATELLO'S MAGDALENE    Poem Text    
First Line: Old woman / enrobed in nothing
Subject(s): Women - Old Age; Donatello (1386-1466)


DONATELLO'S MAGDALENE       
First Line: Old woman


DREAM PLANTS       
First Line: You give me fuchsias for my birthday
Last Line: I look for in books


DREAMING OF RURAL AMERICA       
Last Line: The prong of an impossible star


DREAMS    Poem Text    
First Line: Dreams are the only
Subject(s): Dreams; Nightmares


DREAMS       
First Line: Dreams are the only
Last Line: Like the tail of a comet %that has just blazed by


DRIFT       
First Line: Lying in bed this morning
Last Line: Against your back, dreaming %of asia minor


DUET FOR ONE VOICE       
First Line: I sit at your side
Last Line: From the page, you %have escaped from me
Variant Title(s): Washing My Hands Of The In


EARLY AFTERLIFE       
First Line: Why don't we say goodbye right now
Last Line: Nothing could touch us. We'd never %have to say goodbye again


ECLIPSE       
First Line: A few minutes past noon
Last Line: I fear in this strange dusk %but the inexplicable order of things


EFFETS DE NEIGE: IMPRESSIONISTS IN WINTER       
First Line: Soaked as they were in the yellow light
Last Line: Of winter, with a hundred icy shades %of arctic white
Subject(s): Art And Artists; Winter


EGG    Poem Text    
First Line: In this kingdom
Subject(s): Eggs


EGG       
First Line: In this kingdom %the sun never sets
Last Line: The first delicate crack %of lightning


ELEGY       
First Line: Last night the moon lifted itself
Last Line: Or newly shovelled earth %settling


ELEGY       
First Line: Somewhere a poem
Last Line: Of my father's face


ELIZABETHAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Her sex sent her mother
Subject(s): Elizabeth I, Queen Of England (1533-1603


ELSEWHERE       
First Line: Like a shabbos goy
Last Line: For arrows, for pens %for prophecy


EMILY DICKINSON    Poem Text    
First Line: We think of her hidden in a white dress
Subject(s): Dickinson, Emily (1830-1886)


EMILY DICKINSON       
First Line: We think of her hidden in a white dress
Last Line: Of vision, the serious mischief %of language, the economy of pain
Subject(s): Dickinson, Emily (1830-1886)


ENGLISH NOVEL       
First Line: In the english novel, where is spent my girlhood
Last Line: Somehow acquired her blonde hair and blue, blue eyes?


EPILOGUE    Poem Text    
First Line: Years later the girl died
Subject(s): Transience; Impermanence


EPILOGUE       
First Line: Years later the girl died
Last Line: On which everything remains %to be written
Subject(s): Transience


EROSION    Poem Text    
First Line: We are slowly / underminded. Grain
Subject(s): Environment; Change; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


EROSION       
First Line: We are slowly
Last Line: Moving slowly, slowly %from under me


ESPALIERED PEAR TREES    Poem Text    
First Line: You tack the pear trees to the wall
Subject(s): Pear Trees; Pears


ESPALIERED PEAR TREES       
First Line: You tack the pear trees to the wall
Last Line: I dream of the fleeting %taste of pears


ETHICS    Poem Text    
First Line: In ethics class so many years ago
Subject(s): Woman - Old Age; Paintings & Painters


ETHICS       
First Line: In ethics class so many years ago
Last Line: And painting and season are almost one %and all beyond saving by children


EVENING AT BIRD ISLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: I travel to bird island
Subject(s): Birds


EXCURSION    Poem Text    
First Line: I am a tourist
Subject(s): Self


EXCURSION       
First Line: I am a tourist
Last Line: Knows me best %in the dark


EXTREMITIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Yesterday I feared
Subject(s): Fear; Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


EXTREMITIES       
First Line: Yesterday I feared


EYES ONLY    Poem Text    
First Line: Dear lost sharer
Subject(s): Letters


EYES ONLY       
First Line: Dear lost sharer
Last Line: To build %between us


FAITH    Poem Text    
First Line: With the seal of science / emblazoned
Subject(s): Creation; Faith; Science; Belief; Creed; Scientists


FAITH       
First Line: With the seal of science %emblazoned
Last Line: As I've always done before
Subject(s): Creation; Faith; Science


FALL IN THE LITERARY REVIEW       
First Line: Though we're pages apart this time
Last Line: You keep addressing. I like %to think it's me


FAME       
First Line: There will be no vivid colors
Last Line: One day sooner than last year %be forgotten


FAMILY SCENE: MID-TWENTIETH CENTURY       
First Line: In the photograph you and I sit together
Last Line: Or the weather which we call luck?


FAMILY TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: How many leaves
Subject(s): Death; Trees; Dead, The


FAMILY TREE       
First Line: How many leaves
Last Line: The long story %of smoke


FIRING THE MUSE       
First Line: I am giving up the muse calliope
Last Line: The biscuit I keep concealed in my pocket


FIVE STAGES OF GRIEF       
First Line: The night I lost you
Last Line: Grief is a circular staircase. %I have lost you


FLOWERS    Poem Text    
First Line: The deep strangeness
Subject(s): Flowers


FLOWERS       
First Line: Someone I love is getting married
Last Line: Floats for a little while, delicate as foam %on the water, before it disappears


FOLK TALE    Poem Text    
First Line: All knobs and knuckles, hammer knees and elbows
Subject(s): Children; Childhood


FOLK TALE       
First Line: All knobs and knuckles, hammer knees and elbows
Last Line: They turned and lost themselves in so much space


FORESHADOWING       
First Line: Is what writers call it, meaning
Last Line: Which, mouth against mouth, %we could deny


FRANCES AND MARY ALLEN, SEWING GROUP, CA. 1900       
First Line: The three fates in dark %skirts and starched shirtwaists
Last Line: Embroidered with those skeins of light %we still call stars


FRESCO       
First Line: In masaccio's 'expulsion %from the garden'
Last Line: From abel on one, %cain on the other


FRUIT OF THE TREE       
First Line: There were so many
Last Line: Of the whole %dying year


FUNERARY TOWER: HAN DYNASTY       
First Line: In this season of salt
Last Line: We carry our childhoods %in our arms


GENETICIST       
First Line: I thought you were your father
Last Line: Delivered at last. %open it!


GEOGRAPHY       
First Line: I am haunted by the names
Last Line: Also small, also nameless


GHOSTS       
First Line: My lovely ghosts are unaware
Last Line: When I speak your names aloud %I think you forgive me


GLADIOLA    Poem Text    
First Line: In noisy shades of
Subject(s): Gladiola


GLADIOLA       
First Line: In noisy shades of
Last Line: Notes %of a flute %opening one stop %at a time


GLASS OF COLD WATER       
First Line: Poetry is not a code %to be broken %but a way of seeing %with the eyes shut
Last Line: A way station %on the unswerving %road to thirst


GLEANING       
First Line: Driving from coast
Last Line: To find what grains of corn %are left


GO GENTLE       
First Line: You have grown wings of pain
Last Line: Passing this disappearing place


GOLDWASSER       
First Line: The snowstorm


GRACE    Poem Text    
First Line: When the young professor folded
Subject(s): Grace


GRAFFITI, ROUTE 22       
First Line: The four letter %words in glistening
Last Line: In the acrobatic %hieroglyphics %of love


GRAMMAR LESSON    Poem Text    
First Line: Move into / the past tense / where memory
Subject(s): Grammar; Poetry & Poets


GRAMMAR LESSON       
First Line: Move into %the past tense %where memory %is negotiable
Last Line: Eliminate verbs %of motion %finally change %to the plural %where you will %never be %lonely again
Subject(s): Grammar; Poetry And Poets


GREEN THUMB       
First Line: No bigger than a thumb
Last Line: The tree frog's song %reminds me of


GRIEF    Poem Text    
First Line: How did your grief
Subject(s): Grief; Sorrow; Sadness


GRUDNOW    Poem Text    
First Line: When he spoke of where he came from
Subject(s): Grandparents; Immigrants; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers; Emigrant; Emigration; Immigration


GRUDNOW       
First Line: When he spoke of where he came from
Last Line: That might have been sweet in grudnow


HAPPIEST DAY       
First Line: It was early may, I think
Last Line: And offered a steaming cup of coffee


HARDWOOD       
First Line: Do these gnarled and twisted trees
Last Line: There are stumps %to rest on everywhere
Subject(s): Nature


HAT LADY       
First Line: In a childhood of hats
Last Line: Winked at her and tipped his cap


HELEN BIDS FAREWELL TO HER DAUGHTER HERMIONE    Poem Text    
First Line: There is time before I go
Subject(s): Farewell; Mothers & Daughters; Coming Of Age; Parting


HIGH SUMMER       
First Line: The earth smells of flowers
Last Line: In all that it conceals


HIPPOLYTE AT BREAKFAST    Poem Text    
First Line: She has forgotten
Subject(s): Mothers & Daughters; Family Life; Relatives


HOME FOR THANKSGIVING    Poem Text    
First Line: The gathering family
Subject(s): Thanksgiving Day


I AM LEARNING TO ABANDON THE WORLD    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life


I MARRIED YOU    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


ICE AGE       
First Line: The pterodactyl on the roof
Last Line: To leave our bones behind


IDEAL CITY       
First Line: Set in the silence of pure perspective
Last Line: With the scarlet graffiti of laughter
Subject(s): Cities; Italy; Pleasure


IDEAL CITY       
First Line: Set in the silence of pure perspective
Last Line: With the scarlet graffiti of laughter


IF I HAD TO LIVE MY LIFE AGAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: If I had to live / my life again
Subject(s): Life


IF I HAD TO LIVE MY LIFE AGAIN       
First Line: If I had to live %my life again
Last Line: Of bootprints engraved %upon new snow
Subject(s): Life


IMPERFECT PARADISE: IN THE GARDEN       
First Line: How do we tell the flowers from the weeds
Last Line: While dandelions and chokeweed multiply


IMPERFECT PARADISE: SEASONAL       
First Line: Which season is the loveliest of all?
Last Line: As autumn torches all the fragile leaves


IMPERFECT PARADISE: SOMEWHERE IN THE EUPHRATES       
First Line: Somewhere in the euphrates, buried, lost
Last Line: Digging up eden with a single hoe


IMPERFECT PARADISE: THE IMPERFECT PARADISE       
First Line: If god had stopped work after the fifth day
Last Line: Or the strict contract between love and grief?


IN A NORTHERN COUNTRY    Poem Text    
First Line: Yesterday in a northern country
Subject(s): Aunts; Death; Dead, The


IN A NORTHERN COUNTRY       
First Line: Yesterday in a northern country
Last Line: Until november came %with its winds and took them


IN ANOTHER COUNTRY       
First Line: The trick is to leave yourself behind
Last Line: No more for now %than the mother of beauty


IN BACK OF       
First Line: In back of 'I love you' %stands 'goodbye
Last Line: They raise their left %in farewell


IN EARLY MARCH       
First Line: Those first impressions


IN MIDAIR       
First Line: This is the closest
Last Line: To what we think of as heven, %and somehow alive


IN THE ABSENCE OF WINGS       
First Line: Somewhere, a gardener


IN THE FALL       
Last Line: Like drops of ritual %blood for the songbirds %to swallow


IN THE FOREST    Poem Text    
First Line: The trees are lit
Subject(s): Jews; Autumn; Judaism; Fall


IN THE KINGDOM OF MIDAS       
First Line: If you follow the sun
Last Line: On your closed lids %forever


IN THE MIDDLE OF A LIFE       
First Line: Tonight I understand
Last Line: The last perhaps, %or even the first


IN THE OLD GUERILLA WAR       
Last Line: On my housedress %bloom at once
Subject(s): Hate


IN THE OLD GUERRILLA WAR       


IN THE REALM OF PURE COLOR       
First Line: It is our eyes that lose
Last Line: In the foreground, the tropical color %of sand after the sea has receded


IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR       
First Line: Driving all night in winter
Last Line: From the white ribbon %of unwinding road


IN THIS SEASON OF WAITING       
First Line: Under certain conditions
Last Line: Then the earth becomes an emblem %for whatever we believe


INSOMNIA    Poem Text    
First Line: I remember when my body
Subject(s): Aging


INSOMNIA       
First Line: At the rising of stars


INSTRUCTIONS FOR DECANTING WINE       
First Line: You must choose a bottle


INSTRUCTIONS TO THE READER       
First Line: Come. Suspend %willingly or not
Last Line: Only thus %is sleep possible


INTERLUDE    Poem Text    
First Line: We are waiting for snow
Subject(s): Snow


INVALID       
First Line: You lie spread-eagled on the bed
Last Line: As one of your fevered poems
Subject(s): Sickness


ISLANDS       
First Line: In paradise, a breeze
Last Line: Of the eyes to close for good on winter


IT IS RAINING ON THE HOUSE OF ANNE FRANK    Poem Text    
First Line: It is raining on the house
Subject(s): Frank, Anne (1929-1945); Holocaust, Jewish - Aftermath


IT IS RAINING ON THE HOUSE OF ANNE FRANK       
First Line: It is raining on the house
Last Line: Within the dark circle %of his demons
Subject(s): Frank, Anne (1929-1945); Holocaust, Jewish - Aftermath


JANUARY, 7 A.M.       
First Line: Albino morning %windows like milk glass
Last Line: Of the milkman's horse, %long ago pastured


JAPANESE LANTERN       
First Line: After dreaming for years
Last Line: And translated here %as snow


JOURNEY'S END       
First Line: How hard we try to reach death safely
Last Line: Avert your eyes fro windows grimed with twilight %where landscapes rush by, terrible and lovely


JUMP CABLING    Poem Text    
First Line: When our cars touched
Subject(s): Automobiles - Mantenace & Repair


JUNP CABLING       
First Line: When our cars touched
Last Line: In the tale woke with a start, %I thought why not the ride the rest of the way together?


KEEPER       
First Line: In tintoretto's creation of the animals


KNOTS       
First Line: In the retreating tide
Last Line: Bedsheets together %to flee by


LAST TRAIN       
First Line: There may have been a boy
Last Line: High above the dreamlike shapes of clouds
Subject(s): Railroads


LAST UNCLE       
First Line: The last uncle is pushing off %in his funeral skiff
Last Line: On the mapless shore %of this raw, new century


LAST WILL       
First Line: Children %when I am ash


LAST WORDS       
First Line: Let us consider


LATE AFTERNOON, ST. JOHN    Poem Text    
First Line: A little blue heron has landed
Subject(s): Seashore; Beach; Coast; Shore


LATE LOVE SONGS: 1. CLERESTORY       
First Line: Because, like the sun
Last Line: This morning, and lights the entire room
Subject(s): Love


LATE LOVE SONGS: 2. MARCH HAIKU       
First Line: White petals, not snow
Last Line: Our winter picnic
Subject(s): Love


LATE LOVE SONGS: 3. FLOODPLAIN       
First Line: In this strange spring
Last Line: Take hold everywhere
Subject(s): Love


LATE LOVE SONGS: 4. ENVOI       
First Line: In this brief space I try
Last Line: In all the dark places
Subject(s): Love


LAWS OF PRIMOGENITURE       
First Line: My grandson has my father's mouth
Last Line: A future he thinks he's inventing %all by himself


LE SENS DE LA NUIT       
First Line: Here are some clues %to the meaning of night
Last Line: Go back to the dark sea %they came from?


LE SENSE DE LA NUIT    Poem Text    
First Line: Here are some clues
Subject(s): Night; Bedtime


LEAVES       
First Line: A gypsy reads the palm
Last Line: The gypsy says: I see white leaf-shaped flakes come %shivering down, but the future is green


LEAVING THE ISLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: We roll up the rugs and strip the neds by rote
Subject(s): Summer; Vacation; Moving


LEAVING THE ISLAND       
First Line: We roll up rugs and strip the beds by rote
Last Line: The ferry is no simple pleasure boat


LETTER       
First Line: It is december in the garden
Last Line: When will you be coming back


LETTERS       
First Line: If I read what you once wrote
Last Line: With its cursive hooks and in whose blue flood %of ink I could so easefully drown


LIBATION, 1966       
First Line: We used to sacrifice young girls
Last Line: In a green maze, %under a sky as hot a crete


LISTS       
First Line: I made a list of things I have
Last Line: Then made a list of his own: %starling, deer, and serpent


LOST KINGDOM       
First Line: I remember the castle
Last Line: Before the years had trickled through %my hands, like water


LOST LUGGAGE       
First Line: Today in a palace disguised
Last Line: May be found, though always %in another language and untranslatable


LOVE LETTER       
First Line: It has snowed %on this page
Last Line: The only cloud %on which I can rest %my head


LOVE POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: I want to write you
Subject(s): Love; Poetry & Poets


LOVE POEM       
First Line: I want to write you
Last Line: Soaked we must %grab each other
Subject(s): Love; Poetry And Poets


LOW TIDE       


LULLABY FOR 17    Poem Text    
First Line: You are so young
Subject(s): Mothers & Daughters; Youth


LULLABYE FOR 17       
First Line: You are so young


LUMBERJACKS       
First Line: They entered eden
Last Line: And it was evening %and another day


MARIA IM ROSENHAAG       
First Line: The virgin of the roses
Last Line: Stolen by death and only returned to me in dreams %and longings and here in mystery


MARKET DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: We have travelled all this way
Subject(s): Markets; France; Supermarkets


MARKET DAY       
First Line: We have traveled all this way
Last Line: Another language I almost understood


MARKS    Poem Text    
First Line: My husband gives me an a
Subject(s): Judgments; Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


MARKS       
First Line: My husband gives me an a
Last Line: I pass. Wait 'til they learn %I'm dropping out
Subject(s): Judgments; Marriage


MCGUFFEY'S FIRST ECLECTIC READER       
First Line: The sun is up
Last Line: Trotting home %for dinner


MEDITATION AT 30,000       
First Line: I always knew %the earth loved us
Last Line: Its dark body, longing %to let us in


MEDITATION BY THE STOVE       
First Line: In have banked the fires
Last Line: To warm their hands on for a while


MEMORIAL GARDENS, QUEENS    Poem Text    
First Line: In this tenement
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Graveyards


MERCY       
First Line: Perhaps our aging eyesight fails
Last Line: Which saw nothing dangerous ahead


MIGRAINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Ambushed by / pins and needles
Subject(s): Headaches


MIGRAINE       
First Line: Ambushed by %pins and needles
Last Line: Or the cotton wool %of the perfected dark


MISREADING HOUSMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: On this first day of spring, snow
Subject(s): Housman, Alfred Edward (1859-1936)


MISREADING HOUSMAN       
First Line: On this first day of spring, snow
Last Line: Whispering: relax, there is nothing %you can possibly do about any of this
Subject(s): Housman, Alfred Edward (1859-1936)


MONTHS       
First Line: Contorted by wind
Last Line: Turns towards %the solstice
Subject(s): Nature; Seasons; Time


MOSAIC    Poem Text    
First Line: On this tile
Subject(s): Jews; Travel; Judaism; Journeys; Trips


MOSAIC 1. THE SACRIFICE       
First Line: On the tile %the knife
Last Line: His two feet heavy %as stones


MOSAIC 2. NEAR SINAI       
First Line: God's hand here
Last Line: Of the desert, by wind %in the bulrushes


MOSAIC 3. THE FLIGHT INTO EGYPT       
First Line: We know by the halos
Last Line: Into the lightning %of the new


MOSAIC 4. AT THE ARMENIAN TILE SHOP       
First Line: Under the bright glazes
Last Line: There is just one %blessing


MOTHER EVE       
First Line: Of course she never was a child herself
Last Line: (and benjamin so young) %that is the punishment


MUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: No angel speaks to me
Subject(s): Religion; Spirituality; Theology


MUSE       
First Line: No angel speaks to me
Last Line: Of space, angels could be hiding
Subject(s): Religion; Spirituality


MY ACHILLES SON    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Mothers & Sons


MYTH OF PERFECTABILITY       
First Line: I hang the still life of flowers
Last Line: Season after season, even in his sleep


NAME       
First Line: David means beloved
Last Line: And if he calls me now %how will I know to answer?


NARCISSUS AT 60       
First Line: If love hadn't made him clumsy
Last Line: Just beneath the lethal skin %of the water


NATURE MORTE       
First Line: When the last wild asparagus
Last Line: From the earth and destined %for the table


NEAR THE SACRIFICAL SITE    Poem Text    
First Line: On an afternoon like this
Subject(s): Memory


NEW POET       
First Line: Finding a new poet
Last Line: Or a pen or even a paintbrush, %if only there had been a flower
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets


NEWBORN       
First Line: Even in sleep her face changes
Last Line: That old thirst in the genes
Subject(s): Birth


NEWS OF THE WORLD       
First Line: Like weather, the news %is always changing and always
Last Line: To note, if only %on the last page


NIGHT FALLS ON NANTUCKET SOUND       
First Line: I have helped launch
Last Line: Will welcome me %to the watery dark


NIGHT SOUNDS       
First Line: When the clock %like a moon shows
Last Line: For their lost %consonants


NOCTURNAL    Poem Text    
First Line: If animals think
Subject(s): Animals; Death; Dead, The


NOCTURNAL       
First Line: If animals think %about death
Last Line: To smother me %in its nocturnal wings


NOEL    Poem Text    
First Line: Like a single / ornament,
Subject(s): Cardinals (birds); Christmas; Nativity, The


NOSTALGIA       
First Line: At the moment when memory dims
Last Line: Over my broken sleep


NOTES FOR AN ELEGY       
First Line: Because you died in autumn


NOTES FROM THE DELIVERY ROOM    Poem Text    
First Line: Strapped down, / victim in an old comic book,
Subject(s): Birth; Child Birth; Midwifery


NOTES FROM THE DELIVERY ROOM       
First Line: Strapped down, %victim in an old comic book
Last Line: Just me, quite barefoot, %greeting my barefoot child


NOTES TO MY MOTHER       
First Line: Your letters to me %are forwarded to my dreams
Last Line: And treacheries to gather me %in its arms


NOVEMBER       
First Line: It is an old drama
Last Line: And bowing %all over again


NOVEMBER POEM       
First Line: The november poem %has leaves falling
Last Line: A bitter taste %of burning, %burning


NOVEMBER RAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: How separate we are
Subject(s): Rain


OBLIGATION TO BE HAPPY       
First Line: It is more onerous
Last Line: Only midas himself %would understand


OCTOBER CATECHISMS       
First Line: Pilgrim leaves %crowd the air
Last Line: Sighing, eve %steps out of her skin


OCTOBER FUNERAL       
First Line: The world is shedding
Last Line: For the simple act of turning %and walking away


ODE TO LYSENKO    Poem Text    
First Line: Couldn't it be a just so story
Subject(s): Genetics


ODE TO LYSENKO       
First Line: Couldn't it be like a just so story
Last Line: On darwin and his jabbering finches


OLD PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM       
First Line: These pages, crumbling under my fingers
Last Line: With ghosts in high starched collars and velvet hats


OLD SONG       
First Line: How loyal our childhood demons are
Last Line: We just don't love you anymore


OLD WOMAN       
First Line: In the evening %my griefs come to me
Last Line: From the bright throats of thrushes %in sing back


ON HEARING THE TESTIMONY OF THOSE REVIVED AFTER CARDIAC ARREST    Poem Text    
First Line: Wrenched back to life
Subject(s): Heart Disease


ON THE MARGINALITY OF POETS       
First Line: At the margin of the pond
Last Line: Thigh and body join-- %a path to the cave where life begins;%a place to watch from


ON THE QUESTION OF FREE WILL       
First Line: Sometimes, %noticing the skeleton
Last Line: Had eve refused %the apple


ON THE STEPS OF THE JEFFERSON MEMORIAL    Poem Text    
First Line: We invent our gods
Subject(s): Mythology; Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826)


ONLY CHILD       
First Line: Sist to no one


ORDINARY WEATHER OF SUMMER       
First Line: In the ordinary weather of summer
Last Line: Shaking the water out of our blinded eyes


ORPHEUS    Poem Text    
First Line: When orpheus turned
Subject(s): Music & Musicians; Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


ORPHEUS       
First Line: When orpheus turned
Last Line: Making its own music
Subject(s): Music And Musicians; Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


OVERTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: This is the way
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


OVERTURE       
First Line: This is the way it begins: the small
Last Line: Lifts his wand, letting %the curtains part
Subject(s): Music And Musicians


PAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: More faithful / than lover or husband
Subject(s): Pain; Suffering; Misery


PAIN       
First Line: More faithful %than lover or husband
Last Line: You would not run after it


PASS/FAIL    Poem Text    
First Line: You will never graduate
Subject(s): Education; Schools; Students


PASS/FAIL       
First Line: You will never graduate
Last Line: That have to be learned %by heart
Subject(s): Education; Schools


PASSOVER    Poem Text    
First Line: I set my table with metaphor
Subject(s): Passover


PASSOVER       
First Line: I set my table with metaphor
Last Line: Darkness of newsprint. %my son, my son
Subject(s): Passover


PEARS       
First Line: Some say %it was a pear eve ate
Last Line: Lets go your pear-shaped breast %to reach for?


PENELOPE    Poem Text    
First Line: The sun is scarcely
Subject(s): Penelope (mythology); Patience


PENULTIMATE THINGS       
First Line: Wearing their formal clothes
Last Line: And love turning its back on endings %one more time


PM       
First Line: The child is unreconciled
Last Line: The unnavigable dark


POET       
First Line: At his right hand %silence
Last Line: All the letter of the alphabet %to choose from


POETRY READING    Poem Text    
First Line: Your words are like the knife
Subject(s): Poetry Readings


POETRY READING       
First Line: Your words are like the knife
Last Line: Before the alpha dog, trusting him %with my defenseless life


POISON IVY    Poem Text    
First Line: Even then the leaves shone
Last Line: And innocent of harm as they were.
Subject(s): Poison Ivy


POPCORN       
First Line: When plato said %that what we see are shadows
Last Line: Is the popcorn %jammed between our teeth


POSSIBILITIES       
First Line: Today I drove past a house


POSTCARD FROM CAPE COD       
First Line: Just now I saw
Last Line: And on such %delicate %wings


POSTERITY       
First Line: For every newborn child
Last Line: Not even leaves can stay


PRACTICING    Poem Text    
First Line: My son is practicing the piano.
Subject(s): Family Life; Conduct Of Life; Relatives


PRACTICING       
First Line: My son is practicing the piano
Last Line: And sons of his own, to want to make


PRINCE CAMILLE DE ROHAN       
First Line: Sunned and pruned


PRINTER       
First Line: Baskerville, perpetua, garamond
Last Line: On heaviest mohawk superfine
Subject(s): Printing And Printers; Typesetting


PROCLAMATION AT A BIRTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Let every tree
Subject(s): Birth; Child Birth; Midwifery


PROCLAMATION AT A BIRTH       
First Line: Let every tree %burst into blossom
Last Line: Let the musical croakings %begin


PROLOGUE       
First Line: Nothing has happened yet
Last Line: Into the darkness %of the first chapter


PROSODY 101       
First Line: When they taught me that what mattered most
Last Line: And I thought: so this is poetry


PYTHON AT THE CHILDREN'S ZOO       
First Line: The children holding the python
Last Line: Its hunger takes it


RACHEL (RACHEL [RA'CHAL,] A EWE)    Poem Text    
First Line: We named you
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews; Shoah; Judaism


RACHEL (RACHEL [RA'CHAL,] A EWE)       
First Line: We named you
Last Line: Known as %rachel
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Jews


RAINY COUNTRY       
First Line: The headlines and feature stories alike
Last Line: Bacon grease, rattle of dishes and bones


REAL STORY       
First Line: Sucking on hard candy
Last Line: Enough chickens %tell us a real story
Subject(s): Family Life


REALMS OF GOLD: 1. RECESS       
First Line: I used to think
Last Line: Those children ran with me


REALMS OF GOLD: 2. THE QUARREL       
First Line: What are you doing
Last Line: And anna has just %entered the station


REALMS OF GOLD: 3. FINAL INSTRUCTIONS       
First Line: When the time comes
Last Line: At home there. %read to me!


RECOVERY ZONE       
First Line: If I could befriend this pain
Last Line: With love's bloody stigmata


RED FOX       
First Line: The quick red fox trots so casually
Last Line: On our suburban snow %and disappear


REMEMBERING FROST AT KENNEDY’S INAUGURATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Even the flags seemed frozen
Subject(s): Frost, Robert (1874-1963); Kennedy, John Fitzgerald (1917-1963)


REMISSION       
First Line: It seems you must grow
Last Line: You steal on tiptoe %past the closet door


REQUIEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Last year an army
Subject(s): Trees; Caterpillars


REQUIEM       
First Line: Last year an army
Last Line: As girl gymnasts on the grass, %here at the edge of winter


REREADING FROST    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes I think all the best poems
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Frost, Robert (1874-1963)


REREADING THE ODYSSEY IN MIDDLE AGE       
First Line: Why was she weaving a shroud for laertes
Last Line: Be winding sheet enough for him?


RESPONSE       
First Line: It is not dusk / in jerusalem
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish - Aftermath; Jews; Judaism


RESPONSE       
First Line: It is not dusk %in jerusalem
Last Line: Have long since burned down %to stubs
Subject(s): Holocaust, Jewish - Aftermath; Jews


ROOT CANAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Under the anesthetic
Subject(s): Dentists


ROOT CANAL       
First Line: Under the anesthetic


ROOT PRUNING       
First Line: Years before you moved


ROUND THE MULBERRY BUSH       
First Line: Monday %washing %washday. Hum
Last Line: Years ago, under %the mullberry bush


ROUTINE MAMMOGRAM       
First Line: We are looking for a worm
Last Line: To the apple %its spiraled skin


RSVP REGRETS ONLY       
First Line: I regret that I can't come
Last Line: Since the day I met you, %I regret everything


SACRED TO APOLLO       
First Line: Sometimes I am daphne
Last Line: I am helen again %and dangerous


SAFECRACKER       
First Line: On nights when the moon seems impenetrable
Last Line: Whose own egyptians first invented the lock


SCULPTURE GARDEN       
First Line: Between a bronze turtle
Last Line: The stone wings of a bird %ready to fly


SECRETS       
First Line: The secrets I keep
Last Line: Never tell %never tell


SELF-PORTRAIT       
First Line: I am child to no one, mother to a few
Last Line: Even after they have left their bodies


SEPTEMBER    Poem Text    
First Line: It rained in my sleep / and in the morning the fields were wet
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


SEPTEMBER       
First Line: It rained in my sleep %and in the morning the fields were wet
Last Line: I went to sleep in summer %I dreamed of rain %in the morning the fields were wet %and it was autumn
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets


SESTINA AT 3 A.M.    Poem Text    
First Line: In the imperfect dark
Subject(s): Night; Insomnia; Longing; Bedtime; Sleeplessness


SESTINA AT 3 A.M.       
First Line: In the imperfect dark
Last Line: Long and under and wind %and under ... Your face ... The stars ... The dark


SEVEN DEADLY SINS       
First Line: They say that midas


SHADBLOW       
First Line: Because the stand %are swimming %in our waters now
Last Line: Flags surrendering %to the season


SHADOWS       
First Line: Each night this house sinks into the shadows
Last Line: In front of them, behind them, only shadows


SHORT HISTORY OF JUDAIC THOUGHT IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY       
First Line: The rabbis wrote
Last Line: But aren't all our houses %burning?
Subject(s): Religion; Spirituality


SHORT STORY    Poem Text    
First Line: In the short story
Subject(s): Short Stories


SILENT TREATMENT       
First Line: On still nights, I think
Last Line: Punished me again %with silence


SIRENS       
First Line: Is there no music now
Last Line: Stray toward the sea


SKYLIGHT       
First Line: I sit in a perfect circle of sun
Last Line: Held up to the sun by its heels and moving -- %it is like candling eggs


SMOKE SCREEN       
First Line: I love the many dialects of smoke
Last Line: Our days, our nights going slowly %up in smoke


SNOW SHOWERS, A PROTHALAMION    Poem Text    
First Line: You are teaching my daughter the language
Subject(s): Sky


SNOW SHOWERS, A PROTHALAMION       
First Line: You are teaching my daughter the language
Last Line: Of opposites, like mine has been. %come spring, like yours


SNOWING: A TRIPTYCH       
First Line: It is snowing
Last Line: With white %jade


SNOWSTORM       
First Line: Just watching is enough
Last Line: Of a cold knowledge %I hardly understand


SOMETHING ABOUT THE TREES       
First Line: I remember what my father told me
Last Line: He was just past fifty then


SOMETIMES       
First Line: From the periphery
Last Line: With this real hand %I wave goodbye


SOMETIMES IN WINTER    Poem Text    
First Line: When I look into
Subject(s): Envy; Conduct Of Life


SOMETIMES IN WINTER       
First Line: When in look into %the fragile faces
Last Line: The medium of the cold %to dance in


SOMEWHERE IN THE WORLD    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Conduct Of Life; Hope; Luck; Optimism


SONORAN DESERT, JANUARY       
First Line: In this unfinished landscape


STATIONARY BICYCLE       
First Line: You pedal furiously
Last Line: You're here right now, alive


STILL LIFE       
First Line: Still life the artist called
Last Line: Without the actual taste %of pear on the tongue


SUBWAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes at night
Subject(s): Subways


SUBWAY       
First Line: Sometimes at night %I put myself
Last Line: Underground, %already asleep


SUFFOCATION    Poem Text    
First Line: In chekhov's three sisters, everyone
Subject(s): Boredom; Ennui


SUFFOCATION       
First Line: In chekhov's three sisters, everyone
Last Line: Hidden in a coat, in steerage, and at great risk
Subject(s): Boredom


SURVIVORS       
First Line: All savor gone


SYMPOSIUM: APPLES       
First Line: Eve remember a season
Last Line: From a single %bite


TEARS       
First Line: When the ophthalmologist told me gravely
Last Line: Dip their wings in tears, and skim away


THE ALMANAC OF LAST THINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: From the almanac of last things


THE ANIMALS    Poem Text    
First Line: When I see a suckling pig turn
Subject(s): Animals


THE ANSWERING MACHINE    Poem Text    
First Line: I call and hear your voice
Subject(s): Telephones


THE APPLE SHRINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Last week you gathered armfuls of apple blossoms
Subject(s): Religion; Spirituality; Theology


THE BIRDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Are heading south, pulled
Subject(s): Nature


THE BOOK    Poem Text    
First Line: In the book of shadows
Subject(s): Books; Death; Reading; Dead, The


THE COMING ON OF NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: When ambition, like a faulty
Subject(s): Ambition


THE COSSACKS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: For jews, the cossacks are always coming.
Subject(s): Paranoia; Jews; Conduct Of Life; Judaism


THE DEATH OF THE SELF    Poem Text    
First Line: Like discarded pages
Subject(s): Self


THE DEATHWATCH BEETLE    Poem Text    
First Line: A cardinal hurls itself
Subject(s): Death; Beetles; Dead, The


THE DOGWOODS    Poem Text    
First Line: I remember, in the week
Subject(s): Dogwood; Beauty


THE HAPPIEST DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: It was early may, I think
Subject(s): Family Life; Happiness; Relatives; Joy; Delight


THE HAT LADY    Poem Text    
First Line: In a childhood of hats
Subject(s): Hats


THE IMPERFECT PARADISE    Poem Text    
First Line: Which season is the loveliest of all?
Subject(s): Seasons; Gardens & Gardening; Squirrels; Nature


THE LAST TRAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: There may have been a boy
Subject(s): Railroads; Railways; Trains


THE LAST UNCLE    Poem Text    
First Line: The last uncle is pushing off
Subject(s): Uncles; Death; Dead, The


THE LOST KINGDOM    Poem Text    
First Line: I remember the castle
Subject(s): Memory


THE LUMBERJACKS    Poem Text    
First Line: They entered eden
Subject(s): Eden; Deforestation


THE MONTHS    Poem Text    
First Line: Contorted by wind
Subject(s): Nature; Seasons; Time


THE MYTH OF PERFECTABILITY    Poem Text    
First Line: I hand the still life of flowers
Subject(s): Paintings & Painters


THE NEWBORN    Poem Text    
First Line: Even in sleep her face changes
Subject(s): Birth; Child Birth; Midwifery


THE OBLIGATION TO BE HAPPY    Poem Text    
First Line: It is more onerous
Subject(s): Happiness; Joy; Delight


THE ORDINARY WEATHER OF SUMMER    Poem Text    
First Line: In the ordinary weather of summer
Subject(s): Summer


THE PRINTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Baskerville, perpetua, garamond
Subject(s): Printing And Printers; Typesetting


THE QUARREL    Poem Text    
First Line: If there were a monument
Subject(s): Silence; Quarrels; Arguments; Disagreements


THE SAFECRACKER    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS    Poem Text    
First Line: They say that midas
Subject(s): Gluttony; Pride; Envy; Greed; Lust; Anger;sloth; Self-esteem; Self-respect; Avarice; Cupidity


THE SONORAN DESERT, JANUARY    Poem Text    
First Line: In this unfinished landscape
Subject(s): Deserts


THE WAY THE LEAVES KEEP FALLING    Poem Text    
First Line: It is november
Subject(s): Leaves; Autumn; Fall


THERE ARE POEMS    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


THERE ARE POEMS       
Last Line: Of insight, without cloud %or comfort


THERE IS A FIGURE IN EVERY LANDSCAPE       
Last Line: Newness of unused shade, distrusting %privacy, god placed a sleeping woman


THINGS I DIDN'T KNOW I LOVED: AFTER NAZIM HIKMET    Poem Text    
First Line: I always knew I loved the sky,
Subject(s): Nature


THIS ENCHANTED FOREST: 1. RUMPELSTILTSKIN       
First Line: He was my darling muse
Last Line: I'd give him anything


THIS ENCHANTED FOREST: 2. SNOW WHITE       
First Line: During rem sleep, my eyelids
Last Line: To leave me alone %in my long, glass study


THIS ENCHANTED FOREST: 3. THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA       
First Line: It isn't the insistent %moon, glazing
Last Line: Prodding me through %all seven mattresses


THIS ENCHANTED FOREST: 4. THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER       
First Line: They say imagination festers
Last Line: They couldn't have done %without me


THIS ENCHANTED FOREST: 5. GRETEL    Poem Text    
First Line: I am leaving a trail of poems
Subject(s): Fairy Tales


THIS ENCHANTED FOREST: 5. GRETEL       
First Line: I am leaving a trail of poems
Last Line: All I can try to do %is set it to music
Subject(s): Fairy Tales


THREADS TO BE WOVEN LATER       
First Line: My grandmother's grave %like a loaf
Last Line: The rising %of bread


THREE PERFECT DAYS    Poem Text    
First Line: In the middle seat of an airplane,
Subject(s): Air Travel; Wishes


THRESHOLD       
First Line: There is a hesitation %between seasons
Last Line: And shakes itself %and the next thing happens


TO A DAUGHTER LEAVING HOME    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: When I taught you / at eight to ride
Subject(s): Growth; Home; Mothers; Women


TO A DAUGHTER LEAVING HOME       
First Line: When I taught you %at eight to ride
Last Line: Handkerchief waving %goodbye
Subject(s): Growth; Home; Mothers; Women


TO A HUSBAND ON FATHER'S DAY       
First Line: If you had been my dad I'm sure
Last Line: But oh, my love, I'd be incestuous


TO A LOVER NOT TAKEN       
First Line: You are the part


TO A POET, RECENTLY SILENT       
First Line: Have you run out %of words?
Last Line: Until they shine like fish scales


TO A SECOND SON       
First Line: Now you embrace chameleons
Last Line: Shaking all of us delicately off


TO CONSIDER A HOUSE       
First Line: When eden closed like a fist
Last Line: They thought to plant %another garden


TO MY IMAGINARY SIBLINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: Dear brother and sister
Subject(s): Brothers & Sisters; Imagination; Fancy


TO MY IMAGINARY SIBLINGS       
First Line: Dear brother and sister, %you who helped me survive
Last Line: Family, you are simply two more ghosts?


TO THE FIELD GOAL KICKER IN A SLUMP    Poem Text    
First Line: It must be something
Subject(s): Sports


TO THE FIELD GOAL KICKER IN A SLUMP       
First Line: It must be something
Subject(s): Sports


TOPIARY GARDENS       
First Line: Was daphne the first, twisting
Last Line: To cover the hunched shoulders %of the gravestones %with a shawl of leaves


TRAVELING LIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm only leaving you
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips


TRAVELOGUE       
First Line: I always take a book along
Last Line: I could be anywhere


TURNABOUT       
First Line: The old dog used to herd me through the street


UNVEILING    Poem Text    
First Line: In the cemetery
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Ancestors & Ancestry; Graveyards; Heritage; Heredity


UNVEILING       
First Line: In the cemetery
Last Line: I'm not quite ready yet %to learn


VERMILION       
First Line: Pierre bonnard would enter
Last Line: The purest form of love


VERTICAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Perhaps the purpose
Subject(s): Trees


VOICES       
First Line: Joan heard voices
Last Line: One way or another %you burn for it


WAITING FOR E. GULARIS       
First Line: Exile %by accident


WAITING FOR MY LIFE       
First Line: I waited for my life to start
Last Line: In my notebook, where someday I would go %prospecting for my life


WAITING ROOM    Poem Text    
First Line: On line once, waiting
Subject(s): Waiting


WAITING ROOM       
First Line: On line once, waiting


WAKU    Poem Text    
First Line: Floating down the stream
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


WAKU       
First Line: Floating down the stream


WALK BEFORE BREAKFAST       
First Line: Isn't this what life %could be: a walk
Last Line: But the discarded carapace %of our other life?


WARM FRONT       
First Line: The plum tree


WATER WHEEL       
First Line: Afraid of sleep
Last Line: For one more icy sip %of water


WAY THE LEAVES KEEP FALLING       
First Line: It is november %and morning - time to get to work
Last Line: All morning watching the leaves


WAY THINGS ARE       
First Line: In the last years of the dogwood
Last Line: Which is no color %and every color


WEATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Because of the menace


WEATHER       
First Line: Because of the menace
Last Line: After such a winter


WEATHER FORECAST       
First Line: Somewhere it is about to snow
Last Line: Against the bottom of a shoe %is our only prayer


WHAT WE FEAR MOST       
First Line: We have been saved one more time
Last Line: On an ordinary day, %unlike any other


WHAT WE LOOK AT LAST       
First Line: What if it's true


WHAT WE WANT    Poem Text    


WHAT WE WANT       
Last Line: As the stars are there %even in full sun


WHEREVER WE TRAVEL    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips


WHITE    Poem Text    
First Line: In the bright spectrum of years
Subject(s): White (color); Likes & Dislikes


WHITE       
First Line: In the bright spectrum of years
Last Line: And always, always the bare page demanding its poem


WHO IS IT ACCUSES US?       
First Line: Who is it accuses us of safety
Last Line: They will poison your secret wells %with longing


WHOM DO YOU VISUALIZE AS YOUR READER?    Poem Text    
First Line: The humanities 5 section man
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips


WHOM DO YOU VISUALIZE AS YOUR READER?       
First Line: The humanities 5 section man
Subject(s): Travel


WHY ARE YOUR POEMS SO DARK?    Poem Text    
First Line: Isn't the moon dark too, / most of the time?
Subject(s): Grief; Poetry & Poets; Sorrow; Sadness


WHY ARE YOUR POEMS SO DARK?       
First Line: Isn't the moon dark too, %most of the time?
Last Line: Ask what it has witnessed
Subject(s): Grief; Poetry And Poets


WHY NOT?       
First Line: Why not try again, although the past
Last Line: They say about loving, about riding %a bicycle: you never forget how


WIDOW'S WALK, SOMEWHERE INLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: This landlocked house should grace a harbor
Subject(s): Fanily Life


WILDFLOWERS    Poem Text    
First Line: You gave me dandelions
Subject(s): Love


WILDFLOWERS       
First Line: You gave me dandelions
Last Line: For their fierce, %unruly joy
Subject(s): Love


WIND CHILL    Poem Text    
First Line: The door of winter
Subject(s): Winter


WIND CHILL       
First Line: The door of winter %is frozen shut
Last Line: To the small leaves clicking %in their coffins of ice


WISTERIA FLORIBUNDA    Poem Text    
First Line: Half drunk / on the heavy scent


WISTERIA FLORIBUNDA       
First Line: Half drunk
Last Line: And beaded %curtains, %to the electric thrum %of bees


WITH THE PASSING OF THE LEAVES       
First Line: The masks are dropping
Last Line: Through the marauding %winter


WOMAN HOLDING A BALANCE       
First Line: The picture within
Last Line: Of a dress, a jewelry box %with perfect justice


WRITER AT 16       
First Line: He thinks of himself always


WRITING WHILE MY FATHER DIES       
First Line: There is not a poem in sight
Last Line: And shivering I rub these words %together, hoping for a spark


YOM KIPPUR    Poem Text    
First Line: A tree beside the synagogue atones
Subject(s): Fasts & Feasts; Jews; Yom Kippur; Judaism


YOM KIPPUR       
First Line: A tree beside the synagogue atones
Last Line: And leaves return to willing trees for spring
Subject(s): Fasts And Feasts; Jews; Yom Kippur


YOU ARE ODYSSEUS       
First Line: You are odysseus
Last Line: Only my weaving is real